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Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.
An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.
Columns by Leonie Barrie
just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.
Articles by Leonie Barrie
The revelation late last week that US department store retailer Target Corporation has pulled all luxury bed linen produced by Welspun Global Brands over concerns about the provenance of the cotton used in its products highlights the massive challenges the industry still faces when it comes to transparency and traceability across global supply chains.
A week after the UK’s Office for National Statistics revealed better-than-expected retail sales in July, further evidence has emerged to suggest consumer spending remains strong following the Brexit vote.
The latest developments in raw materials, fibres and textiles – and the challenges facing both the synthetic and natural fibre sectors, including coming to terms with overcapacity – will be among discussion points at the upcoming World Fibres Conference 2016 taking place later this year in Hong Kong.
MESH01, which provides metric-driven insights for consumer-centric brands, is to integrate with PTC FlexPLM in a move that will provide a single platform to streamline product development and information.
The first official UK retail sales figures for the full month after the country’s referendum to leave the EU suggest consumer spending remained resilient, with clothing and footwear sales seeing a much-needed boost thanks to the hot weather.
With the second-biggest shopping season of the year now underway, analysts are cautiously optimistic that back-to-school sales will provide a much-needed lift for US clothing retailers thanks to several key trends and well-controlled inventory levels.
Swedish fashion chain Lindex is scaling up its textile reuse and recycling scheme to all stores in Sweden and Norway, with plans to extend the initiative to Finland later this year.
As back-to-school footwear sales get underway, new figures have been released showing that duties on children's footwear shipped into the US topped the $300m mark for the first time last year.
The European Commission (EC) has revised the criteria for awarding the EU Ecolabel to footwear products, including the introduction of new requirements regarding labour conditions at final assembly sites.
China has taken a key step towards opening up new efficient and faster transport routes with Europe after ratifying the United Nation’s TIR Convention, the global standard for international freight customs transit.
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- Cotton supply chain transparency an ongoing issue
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- H&M takes action over Myanmar child labour breach
- Vietnam garment industry calls for strategy update
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- Zara USA faces US$5m deceptive pricing lawsuit
- Li & Fung eyes supply chain speed in 3-year plan
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- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
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